Garnet Valley QB Flanagan picks Millersville

Garnet Valley’s Stephen Flanagan is taking his talents to the PSAC.

Earlier this month, the 6-1, 210-pound quarterback committed to Millersville.

Flanagan guided the Jaguars to a second-place finish in the Central League and a trip to the District One Class AAAA tournament, losing to eventual champions Pennsbury.

This past season, Flanagan passed for 1,103 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 794 yards and 12 scores.

Coaches are encouraged to email with info regarding college commitments.

Connor leaves Strath Haven for O’Hara

Jim Connor Sr., the longtime defensive coordinator for Kevin Clancy at Strath Haven, has been hired for the same position at O’Hara.

Connor is the first big name to join first-year head coach B.J. Hogan’s staff.  Hogan was hired Nov. 12.

Connor was the architect of Strath Haven’s District One championship-winning defenses in the 1990s and 2010.

2014 All-Central League

Haverford High junior Jack Donaghy earned First Team honors after throwing for 19 TDs and leading the Fords to an 8-4 record.

Haverford High junior Jack Donaghy earned First Team honors after throwing 19 TDs and leading the Fords to an 8-4 record.

Here are the 2014 All-Central League First & Second Teams, as selected by the coaches. Please note that the Daily Times has nothing to do with the selection of all-league teams.



Jack Donaghy – Haverford QB

Scott Rucci – Upper Darby OL

Justin Fremont – Strath Haven OL

Jonah Jackson – Penncrest OL

Matt Cipollini – Ridley OL

Alex Anderson – Radnor C

Sam Schlichting – Harriton TE

Adrian Sapnas – Marple Newtown RB

Anthony Myers – Strath Haven RB

Parke Schweiter – Conestoga RB

Martin Dorsey – Conestoga WR

Nick Costello – Haverford WR


Brian Layden – Springfield DL

Joe Granahan – Garnet Valley DL

Sam Romanofsky – Haverford DL

Mike Cropper – Ridley DL

Diego Zubieta – Penncrest LB

Adam Krauter – Springfield LB

Ryan Dougherty – Ridley LB

Kevin Maloney – Haverford LB

Kevin White – Upper Darby DB

Jordan O’Donnell – Harriton DB

Jack Diggory – Garnet Valley DB

Lucas Spence – Springfield DB


Shane Breckenridge – Penncrest P

George Lambritsios Marple Newtown K

Evan Boyce – Haverford K



Brian Allen – Springfield QB

Matt Cella – Springfield OL

John DiPasquale – Garnet Valley OL

Luke Lozowicki – Marple Newtown OL

John Lord – Radnor OL

Madhat Fares – Upper Darby C

Tom Cleary – Garnet Valley TE

Malik Young – Ridley RB

Colin Braconnier – Springfield RB

Derrick West – Garnet Valley RB

Jack Wilson – Radnor WR

Abel Hoff – Marple Newtown WR

Zach Nelson – Garnet Valley WR


Daquan Perry – Conestoga DL

Justin Fremont – Strath Haven DL

Dan Archibong – Springfield DL

Jonah Jackson – Penncrest DL

Connor Faith – Garnet Valley LB

Eddie Jean – Conestoga LB

Dario Falcone – Radnor LB

Anthony Myers – Strath Haven LB

Paul Somaru – Strath Haven DB

Jon Sklar – Radnor DB

Riciado Jennings – Upper Darby DB

Carmen Christiana – Marple Newtown DB


Alex Bratsis – Strath Haven P

Ben Miller – Haverford P

Thankgiving games are on … for now

Wednesday’s game between Bonner-Prendergast and Malvern Prep, scheduled for 4 o’clock at Malvern, was cancelled. There will be no make up.

With a mix of heavy rain and snow throughout Wednesday, there’s at least a chance that Thursday’s schedule could be altered.

However, as of 5 p.m., the three Thanksgiving morning games, all of which are played on grass fields, are as scheduled.

One idea worth considering is moving Ridley-Interboro and Haverford-Upper Darby to turf fields (i.e. the away team’s site).  Would Interboro and UD feel cheated out of a home game? Sure. But would the quality improve? Absolutely..

Everyone who has ever been to Upper Darby after it’s rained the day before knows what to expect. It’s going to be a swamp.

The field at South Avenue Athletic Complex is a little better, but at the end of the day, neither Upper Darby or Interboro has a multi-million dollar draining system like the pros use.

If you’re worried about the quality suffering immensely, your concerns are justified.

Sun Valley and Chichester likely will have to just toughen it out, so to speak, on a slop field. But for Ridley-Interboro and Haverford-UD, there’s at least the option to move to a turf field.  At this point, it almost makes too much sense

2014 Mini Max Award winners

Here are the Delco recipients:

Collin DiGalbo, Bonner-Prendergast

John Minicozzi, Episcopal Academy

Derek Mountain, Haverford School

Diego Zubieta, Penncrest

Adam Krauter, Springfield

Players were nominated by their coaches throughout the 2014 season and were evaluated based on a criteria that includes; football performance, academics, and community service.

The Maxwell Football Club will select one player from the group of Mini Max winners as the winner of the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year.

District One AAA Championship: Springfield is ready to make (more) history

SPRINGFIELD — There’s an edge to Springfield, one that only an undefeated team can have.

It’s not swagger and it’s not cockiness, but it’s a confidence that permeates throughout the roster.

As quarterback Brian Allen said, Friday night’s District One Class AAA final has been in the working since the summer. Coming into the year, Springfield was considered a team that could make noise in the Central League. So, the Cougars went ahead and beat everyone. They defeated reigning champion Garnet Valley on the way to claiming the program’s first Central League title in 20 years, and they finally won a District One playoff game.

The Cougars have done most of their business in dominating fashion.

It’s no surprise, then, that Springfield finds itself on the doorstep of greatness. The Cougars look to become the third straight Delco football team to win a District One Class AAA crown and the fourth in five years. Interboro and Academy Park won in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Strath Haven won it all in 2010.

Springfield and Great Valley meet Friday night at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. Opening kickoff is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by Marple Newtown’s radio crew on

“We’re ready,’ Allen said. “It’s something that the community has been waiting for for a long time now. Everyone has worked hard to get here, and this is what we’ve prepared for. Coaches were harping on this since June, that our time will come, and now it’s time to make it count. I don’t doubt our team will get it done. We’ve prepared for this moment.’

Allen led the Cougars (12-0) on a game-winning drive last week in the Cougars’ 10-6 victory over Pottsgrove in the semifinal round.

Great Valley (11-1), which disposed of Bishop Shanahan, placed second behind West Chester Rustin in the Ches-Mont League American Division. The Patriots have a slew of explosive weapons, including Nasir Adderley, a multi-faceted wide receiver/running back who does most of his damage out of the slot. He has 697 yards receiving and 430 on the ground. Adderley is a threat in the return game, too, and has totaled 16 touchdowns.

“That Nasir kid is a real good player. He probably poses the biggest threat of them all. Of course there’s the running back (River Johnson) you have to worry about, but he’s pretty good,’ said Allen, who has totaled 1,184 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air and 995 yards and 12 scores on the ground. “All year long, our defense has played against good teams and they’ve been clutch for us the whole time, so I’m not worried about our defense holding them down.’

Allen might have to carry a little extra weight in the Springfield offense, which managed 163 total yards against Pottsgrove. Leading rusher and senior Colin Braconnier went down with a knee injury and is doubtful for Friday. Brad Murphy, who contributed a few key runs on last week’s winning drive, likely will start in Springfield’s spread offense attack. Junior fullback Ricky Sterling is also an option out of the backfield.

Springfield has made its mark as a defensive team, and it will be challenged Friday night like never before. Cougars senior lineman Brian Layden (21 sacks) and All-Delco linebacker Adam Krauter will have their hands full against the Patriots in the trenches.

“I know they’re good players with quick steps, and that’s the main key,’ said Layden. “Once they get their hands on you, it’s tough. It’s always a hand fight. The big kids aren’t the problem, it’s the fast kids, and they have a few of those.’

One of the most underrated aspects to Springfield’s defense is its propensity to create turnovers. They lead all Delco with 16 interceptions. Luc Spence is tied for the county lead in interceptions with six. Fellow defensive backs Pat Smyth and Mike Fleagle have five and four, respectively.

“In the second half of the season, we have gotten a lot of picks and that’s worked out for us,’ said the Lehigh-bound Spence, an All-Delco lacrosse player. “Between me and the other corners, it’s like a personal challenge between us. We just want to be the one that has the ball, to make plays for the D. When the opportunity presents itself, we know we have to step up and take the ball from the other team. We do 7-on-7s a lot. Our cornerback coach (Chris Tolar), we’ve been with him since freshman year. He’s really helped us a lot.’

Great Valley runs a spread offense with quarterback Zach Ludwig at the helm. Ludwig has thrown for 1,580 yards and 13 touchdowns against only three interceptions. In addition to Adderley, Ludwig’s other targets include tight end Ryan Buchholz (218 yards, two TDs) and wide receiver Doug Strang (26 receptions, 352 yards, four TDs). Buchholz, who has nine sacks as a defensive end, is committed to Penn State.

The Cougars secondary should be tested often, but they’re not about to back down. Springfield has allowed just 8.8 points per game largely because its defense is the best in the county. They’ll also have to deal with Johnson, the running back who has 923 yards and 12 touchdowns.

It’s also a reunion of sorts for Great Valley first-year coach Dan Ellis, a state champion quarterback at Downingtown High. Ellis, of course, was head coach at Springfield from 2008-10. Chris Britton, the top man on the Springfield sideline, was an assistant coach for Ellis.

“At this time of year, you’ve got to be physical and you’ve got to play good defense,’ Ellis said. “Right now, both teams are doing exactly that. When it comes to trying to score points against them, we have to get a hat on a hat, making sure we’re calling good plays to what they’re doing and make those adjustments. Offensively, we have to figure out a way to contain Allen and try to take away his running ability. That’s what’s scary about them. You can cover them perfectly, but all of a sudden, you got a kid in Allen who can run and take off.

“They’re a typical Delco team. Layden, for instance, might weigh 175 pounds but he’s going to kick you in the teeth and he’s going to play hard. He doesn’t care how big you are. And that, as a whole, is the kind of team they are. They’re going to be hungry and we’ve got to try to score one more touchdown than they do.’

All-Inter-Ac League teams

As selected by the Inter-Ac League coaches…


First Team

Frank Cresta – DL – Jr – Haverford

Kashta Davis – DB – Sr – Germantown Academy

Brian Denoncour – OL – Sr – Haverford

Paul Dooley – QB – Sr – Springside Chestnut Hill

Evan Ferrell – TE – Jr – Penn Charter

Eric Follman – DL – Sr – Haverford

Mick Gindhart – DL – Sr – Haverford

Julian Jamgochian —  OL – Sr – Haverford

Micky Kober – LB – Jr – Haverford

Noah Lejman – LB – Sr – Haverford

Sameir Madden – DB – Sr – Springside Chestnut Hill

Syaire Madden – RB/DB – So – Springside Chestnut Hill

Hayden Mahoney – OL – Sr – Malvern

Jimmy McAfee – Specialist – Jr – Germantown Academy

John Minicozzi – OL/DL – Sr – Episcopal

Trevor Morris – WR/LB – Sr — Malvern

Dylan Parsons – WR/DB – Sr — Springside Chestnut Hill

Jacob Rebisz – OL – Sr – Malvern

Jack Soslow – K – Sr – Haverford

Nick Zarkoski – DL – Sr – Malvern


Special Recognition: Pat McInerney – OL/LB – Sr – Penn Charter


Player of the Year:      Paul Dooley – QB – Sr – Springside Chestnut Hill

Dox Aitken – Wr/DB/P – Jr – Haverford


Second Team

Dee Barlee – RB – Jr – Episcopal

Ryan Calhoun – DL – Sr – Germantown Academy

Kevin Carter – QB – Sr – Haverford

Pete Ciesielski – DL – Sr – Malvern

Zac Fernandez – RB – So – Malvern

Alex Hornibrook – QB – Sr – Malvern

Payden Howard – OL – Sr – Springside Chestnut Hill

Jordan Johnson – WR – Sr – Springside Chestnut Hill

James Keating – DB – Sr – Malvern

Jake Martilotti – LB – Sr – Episcopal

Pat McCain – WR – Sr – Penn Charter

Sean McCann – LB – Sr – Springside Chestnut Hill

Mike McCarthy – OL – Sr – Malvern

Frank McGlinchey – DL – Sr – Penn Charter

Derek Mountain – WR – Sr – Haverford

Lane Odom – DB – Sr – Haverford

Ryan O’Neill – TE – Sr – Malvern

Chauncey Simmons – OL – Sr – Haverford

Micah Sims – DB – Jr – Haverford